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Japan, Nagasaki's Atomic Bomb Museum

posted Oct 22, 2012, 9:01 PM by Beatriz Posada
    This summer I had the chance to explore Japan for a period of 8 weeks. During my stay there, I went to Nagasaki to go see the atomic bomb museum. In 2008 I went to Hiroshima, the other city that had been bombarded back in 1945. But this time I wanted to see Nagasaki, I knew a little bit about the city's history and was really excited about seeing how the city came back from such devastation. Going through the museum, it is inevitable to feel moved by what the Japanese people endured during these dark chapter of human history. 
    I think in order to understand peace studies, people should visit these two cities. Seeing first hand how humans can destroy each other in such an enormous scale, is quite overwhelming, and I really think you go back home with a life changing experience. 
    I'm going to quote the Russel-Einstein Manifesto of 1955, in which these 2 super minds address the subject of nuclear/atomic bombs:
    "...but the best authorities are unanimous in saying that a war with H-bombs might quite possibly put an end to the human race. It is feared that if many H-bombs are used there will be universal death, sudden only for a minority, but for the majority a slow torture of disease and disintegration." 

origami cranes that symbolize peace

images of survivors and the damage done to their skin and clothes

Japanese students from all over the country come visit the museum to learn about peace studies.

I was really lucky to have met a bomb survivor who talked about his personal experience.

bomb survivors carry this little "bomb survivor id card" that allows them to get special treatment at hospitals.